How much does a home fire sprinkler system cost?
It is difficult to accurately quote for a residential sprinkler system. The only reliable way is to send layout drawings to your chosen installer and they can produce an accurate estimate. Verification may even require a site visit.
Things to be aware of when not buying Automist and opting for traditional sprinklers or watermist systems
Ensure that your quote covers all the costs required to complete your installation. Often the provision of an adequate water main is your responsibility, unless otherwise quoted.
There can be expensive additional costs when installing sprinkler systems if your home can not provide the flow required to run your system.
In many cases it will be your responsibility to consult with the Local Water Authority and establish whether your system can be installed directly. A typical traditional sprinkler system requires a minimum of 100 lpm at 2 bar working pressure. If your mains water is not sufficient you would have two options, either to upgrade via contacting your Local Water Authority, or installing a tank and pump.
Questions to ask:
- Has the water supply been designed to cater for a sprinkler system at the planning stage?
- Can the system be connected to the mains water supply? Will the system require a storage tank or priority valve?
- Is there space in the loft for a large quantity of water and a pump?
- If not, can the tank be located on the ground floor, basement or garage?
- Are the ceiling voids accessible?
- What are the costs to provide adequate power for your system?
Why are people choosing Automist?
Automist® was designed with retrofit in mind, so it can often be more cost effective than traditional sprinklers. It does not require a tank, and in the vast majority of installations does not require an upgrade to the water feed to supply its pump which draws only 5.6 litres per minute flow (standard domestic supply). Easy installation is also, in part, due to the use of flexible high pressure hose which do not need to go through the ceiling because of the position of the spray heads. Automist is particularly cost effective, where complete coverage is not required.
It is important to stress that the following prices are rough ball park figures only. Accurate pricing is completely dependent on the specific job.
A partial system (where coverage is not required in every room) can sometimes satisfy your Building Control Officer (BCO) and they can drastically affect the price of your quote. It is often the only requirement in the case of a loft conversion.
There are numerous homes where Automist Smartscan® and traditional sprinklers quotes are very similar. Typically less than 2% of the cost of an average new house. That is usually less than the cost of carpeting the house and designed to last.
If your Installation is price sensitive make sure you get quotes from numerous installers.
In a small home after a loft conversion which only requires a partial sprinkler system to cover a small open plan area (25 sqm), the cost of a traditional system including a pump and tank costs approximately £2,500, whereas the complete Automist system costs less at approximately £2,000.
*Prices are guidelines per home (retrofit) and depend on the specific products used, economies of scale, and project complexity.